A Trip To The Zune: Looking At Microsoft’s White N’ Nerdy Playlist

Our plugged-in bretheren at Gizmodo have the list of songs and videos that are going to be preloaded with Microsoft’s little brown iPod Killer. We figured we’d help out those of you who are debating whether you need your umpteenth media player by posting some of the Zune’s MP3s; this way, you can decide if the darn thing’s worth the $249 price tag:

Band of Horses – Wicked Gil (Sub Pop)
Bitter:Sweet – The Mating Game (Quango Music Group)
CSS – Alala (Sub Pop)
Darkel – At The End of The Sky (Astralwerks)
Every Move a Picture – Signs of Life (V2)
Small Sins – Stay (Astralwerks)
The Adored – Tell Me Tell Me (V2)
The Rakes – Open Book (V2)
The Thermals – A Pillar of Salt (Sub Pop)

Our overall assessment: It’s a pretty indie-driven line-up, proving that Microsoft is going after a young, music-snobby demo; that said, if you’re going to young and indie, you could do lot worse than scrappy young punks the Thermals and Brazillian dance-rockers CSS. But seriously, Bill, where’s the hip-hop love? We know you were trying to keep it somewhat local–hence the Northwest-based acts–but isn’t Sir-Mix-A-Lot from Seattle? Surely he must be available to do something.

Zune Preloaded Music, Video, And Images [Gizmodo]
Previously: Shiny New Turd Hits Same Price Point As iPod

  • rockwillnotdie

    ooh look! someone at Microsoft discovered the hype machine.

  • h. ross piroshky

    i’m kind of in love with The Thermals.

  • jfruh

    I think Sir Mix-A-Lot is available to do your wedding or bar mitzvah at this point, frankly.

  • Nicolars

    Forget this Pitchfork-friendly tracklist, what would be on Aldo’s Zune?

  • Catbirdseat

    When did the Ladies & Gentlemen change their name to ‘Small Sins,’ get signed to Astralwerks, and convince them to re-release their years-old album?

  • YourTechSupport

    *ahem* you asked for it,
    I like big buck and I cannot lie,
    you other makers can’t deny.
    When you see market with big margin
    and Apple winning the race,
    you get sprung…

    … er… DRM makes (Me So Horny)…

    bah, it’s not with it.

  • Anonymous

    with an affiliation like microsoft i’d hardly say these bands are ‘indie’ any more. and quite frankly im getting sick of hearing that term. its like what happened to ‘alternative’ in the 90s.

  • superfan99

    Small Sins is so indie they don’t even have MP3s.

  • snark

    Right, the time has come to have this argument out once and for all. Why do you lovely American types say “Small Sins *IS* so indie” (i.e. the use of singular verb conjugation when talking about groups)? Do you also say “The Detroit Lions is going to win the Superbowl”? No – and not just because they’re shit. I’ll be on your shores next week and, by the time I arrive, you’d better all have an apology ready, plus a signed guarantee from Margaret Spellings promising that correct (ie Snark’s) grammar will be taught in all American schools from now on. Thank you.

  • superfan99

    The Small Sins are one group, not many groups, therefore it takes the singular verb cojugation. I think.